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Recorded speech exercises for Parkinson's sufferers

Editor's review Page 2 of 3

Published 13 Jan 2014

[cont'd] words would be repeated, but they were in a cartoonish voice and spoken by an animated dog.  However, he realized that this feedback was helpful in assisting him learn to enunciate better.  He figured that if there were an app that would realistically record his voice and actually show a video of his face and lips moving it would help a great deal.  The DaVinci Group took on the challenge and partnered with a  web and mobile application developer and NPF and, after several months of design, development and testing, the Speak Up for Parkinson's app became a reality. The approach pays special attention to the volume of the patient’s voice - a key factor that helps to address several of the challenges faced with Parkinson’s. There are two basic practice tools included. First up there is one called Words & Phrases - a series of random statements that are presented for the user tospeak. Secondly, there is Reading & Conversation - a free-form area allowing longer practice sessions. With both tools a volume meter is provided as well as audio/video feedback. The app also provides helpful speaking tips as well as other additional information on the subject.
NPF has long been established as an organization built on trying to make life better for Parkinson's sufferers and carers and the fact that they got involved in the development of this health and medical app for iOS speaks volumes. They even involved the noted speech...